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Couture Skirt Refinements

Threads #203, June/July 2019
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I’ve been a collector of Chanel garments for many years and have come to appreciate the chic and classic nature of the design house’s skirt suits. Through my research, based on original pieces I own as well as vintage garments in museum collections, and published information, I’ve culled key construction techniques. These yield a skirt that’s sleek, nicely shaped, and exquisitely finished. Applying these methods to a pattern of my own design, I can make a timeless, comfortable, and long-wearing skirt, and so can you. The skirt in question is a faux-wrap style with a straight silhouette. In most versions I’ve made, the outer fabric is quilted to a soft silk lining, mimicking Chanel methods. The style is subtle, and some of the refinements I’ve included aren’t visible in the finished garment. However, they make a big difference in wear. Starting with the pattern, the side seams are eliminated and…

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